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For Release: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two Charged With Dumping Dead Birds in Nassau

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued tickets to two men for illegally dumping approximately 200 dead birds on private property in the town of Nassau, Rensselaer County.

Joseph Losowski of Valatie, 55, Columbia County, and Dave Garrity, 49, of Nassau were both charged with illegal disposal of solid waste, a violation punishable by a fine of $1,500 - $15,000 and/or up to 15 days in jail.

"Thanks to the quick investigative work of our Environmental Conservation Officers, we were able to solve this case in a timely manner," said DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly.

Both men are members of the Tri Village Bowhunters club in Nassau which received the birds from a local fire department that holds a large game dinner each year. The birds were left over from that game dinner and donated to the Tri Village Bow Hunters club for human consumption. The birds had their edible portions removed. The birds originated from a licensed shooting preserve in Dutchess County and are domestic game birds.

It should be noted that the birds have absolutely no relation to the Dewey Loeffel hazardous waste site nearby.

The tickets are answerable on April 23 in Nassau Town Court.

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